President Akufo-Addo will beat former President John Mahama in the 2020 elections, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has predicted.
“Nana Akufo-Addo, the president, and his NPP will see the country’s economic situation generally improve during the remainder of their terms of office. In the presidential election, it says Akufo-Addo will face a challenge from John Mahama— Ghana’s president from 2012 to early 2017, who was elected leader of the opposition NDC in February 2019,” the latest report released on May 13 said.
It added: “the 2016 legislative election was won by the NPP; and the campaign was dominated by the faltering economy, which many Ghanaians still associate with Mr Mahama.”
Accordingly, “The Economist Intelligence Unit believes that it will be difficult for the NDC under Mr Mahama to portray itself as the better custodian of Ghana’s economy, especially as the country’s growth outlook is fairly strong.”
The report was emphatic “Mr. Akufo-Addo and the NPP to secure re-election in 2020.”
It however observed “if the NDC can present a coherent opposition and hold the NPP to account on unfulfilled campaign promises particularly on job creation and industrialisation, where progress has been generally slow and success patchy—the election could be closely contested.”
Mr. Mahama has been reelected to lead the NDC again for the 2020 elections. He has started his campaign and has received traction wherever he has been in recent time. He has noted he will review the popular free SHS policy if he wins power.